Time to Ditch the Memory Sticks for a Network Attached Storage Device?: control4 partners, home technology,

Time to Ditch the Memory Sticks for a Network Attached Storage Device?

If your household is like mine, you probably have a collection of memory sticks floating around inside drawers, coat pockets, backpacks and car glove compartments. For years, these little sticks have been our go-to devices to store our multimedia collection—music, videos, photos and other forms of entertainment—as well as important documents.
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CES: My Favorite High Tech Products: ces 2015, events, home technology,

CES: My Favorite High Tech Products

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas seemed all about the Internet of Things, or IoT, for short. There were washing machines and dryers that connect to the Internet, surveillance cameras that zip real-time images to smartphones and scads of devices that can be monitored quickly and conveniently from an app on a phone or table. I saw connected versions of thermostats, garage doors, security systems, and more...
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Apps: Are They Making Your House Too Complicated to Control?: anywhere access, control4 app, remote monitoring, smartphone,

Apps: Are They Making Your House Too Complicated to Control?

According to Gartner, Inc.*, by the year 2022, the average family home could contain more than 500 smart devices, and it’s likely that each of these products will be able to be controlled via an app on a smartphone or tablet. On the surface, this might sound like a good idea, but imagine hunting and pecking through dozens of individual apps to manage your home environment. Instead of making your house easier to control, your app-infested phone could conceivably make the process painfully tedious and time consuming.
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Home Automation is to be Experienced, Not Seen.: #smarthomechat, one device challenge, smart home,

Home Automation is to be Experienced, Not Seen.

When you walk into a smart home, what do you expect to see? A robotic maid? A cacophony of gadgets flying around? When you walk into a Control4 smart home, you should see simply—a home. But some amazing things will be going on beneath the surface, even if you can’t see wires and control boxes spread out everywhere.
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#SmartHomeChat Recap – Tech, Trends & Insights: #smarthomechat, industry, smart home,

#SmartHomeChat Recap – Tech, Trends & Insights

In the first edition of #SmartHomeChat we were joined by 30+ different users including media, custom integrators, fellow industry manufacturers and tech-loving consumers to share real, truly valuable information surrounding the evolution of today’s smart home. The conversation was certainly fast paced, but was chock-full of home automation information, testimonials and of course some humor. Check out our recap here...
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Cloudy with a Chance of Frustration: Reliable Home Automation Is Key: cloud, connected devices, home automation, local,

Cloudy with a Chance of Frustration: Reliable Home Automation Is Key

The cloud: it’s just such a fun term to use, isn’t it? I can’t think of a more overused tech “buzzword” right now and the meaning seems to have become incredibly vague. Oftentimes, when someone doesn’t understand exactly how something in technology works they’ll tell you it’s done in the cloud.
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Going Away for the Holidays? Keep Your Home Secure with Home Automation.: anywhere access, christmas, control4 app, holiday,

Going Away for the Holidays? Keep Your Home Secure with Home Automation.

If you’re braving holiday travel this year to visit relatives, good luck to you. Seeing family and loved ones is what Christmas is all about, but the getting-there-and-back part is always a bit stressful (and sometimes headache-inducing). Imagine being stuck in the airport, or grounded by a blizzard, and worry begins to enter your mind; Did I remember to arm the house’s security system? Did I leave the garage door open?...
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The First #SmartHomeChat: JOIN US!: #smarthomechat, industry, smart home,

The First #SmartHomeChat: JOIN US!

Participate in the First #SmartHomeChat When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST (12:00 p.m. MT) Topic: Smart Home Technology, Trends & Insights Click for more details and information...
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6 Ideas for Automating your Holiday Decorations: christmas, for fun, holiday, lighting,

6 Ideas for Automating your Holiday Decorations

The anticipation for the holidays begins as soon as the weather starts to change, and your home should be ready for it. No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this winter season, there is plenty that your home automation system do to help you and your family get into that holiday mood. Here are a few tips to have the best holiday season yet.
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Internet of...Toys? Christmas Gadgets for Techy-Tots.: christmas, family, for fun, holiday,

Internet of...Toys? Christmas Gadgets for Techy-Tots.

Kids of this era are interested in toys with flashing lights, robotic movements, and loud noises—you know, the ones that leave us parents wanting to rip our hair out in patches. However, Internet-connected toys aren’t all bad, in fact, some of them are great for education and development. So with an “if you can’t beat them, then join them” attitude, I bring you these pretty cool, techy toys for connected kids.
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User Interfaces—The Human Link to a Home Automation System: in wall touchscreen, interfaces, mobile device, portable touchscreen,

User Interfaces—The Human Link to a Home Automation System

While home automation systems are perfectly capable of running a household in this hands-off fashion, many homeowners feel more comfortable being able to actively operate the various products and systems under the backing of an automation system. Rather than relying completely on a system...
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Unexpected Automation: 5 Interesting IoT Products: internet of things, products,

Unexpected Automation: 5 Interesting IoT Products

Remember when the internet was only confined to our computer screens? Back when you had to pay for AOL, and Google was still a word only mathematicians used? Times have changed and our phones, tablets, and computers aren’t the only things that are connected to the net anymore. Designers are breathing new life into everyday products by redesigning them to intelligently interact with their users and other devices around them. Here are some interesting and unexpected products the Internet of Things has given birth to.
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4 Home Automation Ideas for Entertaining Guests This Thanksgiving: for fun, holiday, home theater, lighting, smart home, thanksgiving,

4 Home Automation Ideas for Entertaining Guests This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has the potential to get pretty chaotic. With all the cooking that needs to be done (add to that guests arriving and football blaring on the TV), it can be pretty easy to lose a degree or two of thankfulness. Here are 4 great smart home ideas that will help you kick off the holiday season just right.
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The Smart House of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]: for fun, future, infographic, smart home, smart house,

The Smart House of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

We couldn’t help but wonder what people of today think the “house of the future” will look like—or what they want in their own futuristic smart home. So we took a survey and compiled some of our favorite responses...
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Working with a Home Automation Integrator: control4 dealers, installation, lifestyle, smart home,

Working with a Home Automation Integrator

A realtor wouldn’t dream of selling you a house without understanding your needs and wants (or “must-haves” as they’re known these days). The same goes for the professional who designs and installs automation systems. Here are 10 tips on how to effectively work with a home automation professional.
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Finding the Troublemaker: customers, home automation, troubleshooting,

Finding the Troublemaker

Your Control4 system was built from the ground up with a wall-to-wall, curb-to-hall, complex system in mind. Complexity is what Control4 is for—it manages the increasing number, variety, and communication “languages” of your home’s devices, helping all work as a single, integrated system. And every Control4 product has been designed for versatility, reliability, and durability...
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The Benefits of Professional Installation: control4 dealers, home automation, home control, installation, smart home,

The Benefits of Professional Installation

Home automation has been inching slowly into the mainstream, and with new do-it-yourself focused systems hitting the marketplace hard and heavy, consumers are faced with the decision on whether to tackle the setup of a home automation system themselves or to hire a home systems professional to do the job. There are many good reasons to pay for a professional, and the good news is that most manufacturers have implemented technology into their systems that can streamline the programming and installation process significantly. Here are five reasons that’ll make you think seriously about hiring a home systems professional.
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Double Double “Tech” and Trouble: Top Halloween Apps: for fun, holiday, mobile tech,

Double Double “Tech” and Trouble: Top Halloween Apps

Halloween is fast approaching and it is my favorite time of year! The spookiness of October always excites me. I can’t get enough witches, ghosts and zombies on TV so I decided to look and see what fun I could cook up on my phone. Here are some of the best (and free) apps I found...
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Home Automation. It Ain't Just About Lamp Control.: security, smart lighting,

Home Automation. It Ain't Just About Lamp Control.

I can remember the exact moment when I started in home automation. My wife and I were much younger and she had “inherited” a lamp timer; you know, one of those plug-in-the-wall, hog-the-whole-socket, ugly-as-sin, monstrous things you plug your lamp into so you can...
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The Control4 Advantage: connected home, lifestyle, smart home,

The Control4 Advantage

When designed and installed properly by a trained, knowledgeable home systems integrator, a home automation system is able to perform some amazing feats. This goes for systems offered by Control4, as well as many other home automation products on the market. Where the differences between systems often lie is in the engineering of their control platforms. For example...
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Automation Tips for 3 Distinctive Home Theater Setups: audio/video, home theater, lighting, man cave,

Automation Tips for 3 Distinctive Home Theater Setups

Home theater setups can be either mundane or extraordinary. If you’re striving to create memorable movie nights for years to come, then consider these 3 distinctive home theater setups. We’ve also included some automation tips for integrating your Control4 system, so you can really get the most out of your home theater/media room.
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What Does a Day in the Life of Home Automation Look Like? [INFOGRAPHIC]: family, infographic, lifestyle, smart home,

What Does a Day in the Life of Home Automation Look Like? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Because your family doesn't live their lives the same way as the people next door, your home shouldn't function the same way either. When you life the automated life, the things your home can do to make life more enjoyable and convenient for you and your family are virtually endless. Check out our infographic to see just a few of the many ways a smart home can function throughout the day, saving time and energy as well as giving you added peace of mind while you are away.
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The One Device Challenge: hc-250, home automation, internet of things, smart home,

The One Device Challenge

With the influx of the Internet of Things, many companies are jumping on the home control bandwagon; meanwhile Control4 has been perfecting it for years. We don't believe that home automation is one off-the-shelf device or app that is designed to control your bedside lamp and another that gives you the ability to ramp up the temperature. It's about ONE scalable system, with ONE central "brain," and ONE app that gives you the ability to control it all.
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8 Must Haves For Any High End Home Theater: audio/video, entertainment, home theater, smart home,

8 Must Haves For Any High End Home Theater

Maybe you’re looking to turn your neglected garage into the ultimate cinema experience. Or perhaps you want to enhance your family movie night with a few updates to your existing home theater. No matter your vision, here are 8 must haves for the perfect automated home theater.
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Light, Elevated. [VIDEO]: home automation, keycaps, smart lighting,

Light, Elevated. [VIDEO]

For most people it’s common to walk into a dark house after a long day at work, fumble with the keys, and attempt to turn on that darn light switch with arms full of groceries. Control4 makes this inconvenience a thing of the past for one Sarasota, Florida homeowner with automated lighting.
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